Frank Lampard joins New York City FC: MLS's newest recruit remains hush on whether he will call time on his England career

36-year-old Lampard has completed a transfer to the newest MLS club but is yet to announce whether he will remain available for his country

Frank Lampard will make a decision over his England future after completing his move to New York City FC on a two-year deal.

The 36-year-old midfielder prioritised his club future after leaving Chelsea following a 13-year stint in June.

Lampard has made 106 England appearances, scoring 29 goals, and was in Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad in Brazil.

"I've had a bit of time after the World Cup which was obviously a huge disappointment," Lampard said at his unveiling in Brooklyn.

"I now need to think about England and think about what I want to do with that.

"I haven't got a complete answer, but now I know where I'll be playing my football next year I can make that decision."

 

Lampard had no hesitation in moving to Major League Soccer, but with the season not beginning until next spring he may make a temporary move in the meantime.

David Villa, the franchise's other marquee signing, has joined Melbourne City FC on loan and Lampard could also switch to Australia.

He added: "I'm going to keep fit, that's the main thing. How I do that is not clear yet.

"I'm going to sit round with people at the club and sort that out."

Lampard signs two-year deal with New York City FC

Lampard became the fourth player to sign for New York City FC, the MLS' 20th expansion franchise, and insisted the switch was not a gamble despite joining a new club in a still-emerging league.

"What professional move doesn't have risk with it?" Lampard added.

"It's not a risk. It's a challenge. I can be in the middle of that challenge.

"I want to make New York City a team that New Yorkers are proud of. And I will do my best to do that."

Lampard made 649 appearances for Chelsea, scoring a club record 211 goals, since signing from West Ham in 2001.

Frank Lampard is presented as a New York City FC player Frank Lampard is presented as a New York City FC player He signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues in May 2013 after mulling over a move to Los Angeles Galaxy, who he will now play in opposition from next spring.

Lampard, who won every club trophy on offer with Chelsea, added: "Why not choose New York City? It's a very exciting challenge for me in life terms.

"I've seen the vision, a real long-term plan and I wanted to be part of that. I want to test myself, I want to carry on challenging myself, I want to be that leader, and not just on the pitch, but someone off the pitch.

"I had a fantastic 13 years at Chelsea, I can look back at that with immense pride.

"(But) it was a good time for myself and Chelsea that I moved on."

PA

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